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Skin Changes

Skin changes during the menopausal transition are very common, and many women report a sudden onset of skin aging several months after menopausal symptoms begin.  Estrogen is an essential component of skin function, and lower levels of estrogen have a big impact on the skin. As your hormones plummet, you may notice that your skin starts to become dryer, thinner, and itchy.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, collagen drops 30% in the first five years of menopause, and then approximately another 2% each year for the next 20 years. As a result, skin loses its elasticity and firmness; and becomes more prone to damage, increased wrinkles, and sagging.

As we age, our bodies no longer retain as much moisture. In our youth, we were 60-70% water, but after menopause, women may only be 55%.  This is quite a substantial drop, so it is very important to stay hydrated.

At around 50 years of age, the pH level of our skin changes and our skin becomes more sensitive. This may be especially true for those who already suffer from chronic skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea. Staying away from harsh skincare products is very important.

You may notice an increase in skin pigmentation, especially in areas previously exposed to UV light over the years such as the face, hands, chest, and neck.  As estrogen levels decline melanin production can increase, causing brown spots and hyperpigmentation. It’s important to always protect your skin from UV rays.


Menopause skin symptoms

  • Dry skin 
  • Thinning skin
  • Loss of elasticity & firmness 
  • Enlarged pores
  • More visible wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation and ‘Age Spots’ 
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Acne 
  • Redness and irritation 
  • Wounds heal more slowly 
  • Unwanted facial hair growth

Takeaways

It’s important to take care of your skin during menopause.  Use a high-quality, broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen, avoid hot baths and showers, stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, use a mild cleanser, and consider using skincare specifically developed for menopausal skin, such as those by Finlay+Green, containing hyaluronic acid, peptides, niacinamide, and vitamin C.

 

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NOTE: This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. It should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.